HMS Gannet (1927)
|Launched:||10 November 1927|
|Out of service:||March 1942|
|Fate:||Given to the Nationalist Chinese Navy in March 1942|
|Name:||Ying Shan (英山)|
|Decommissioned:||30 November 1949|
|In service:||March 1942|
|Out of service:||30 November 1949|
|Captured:||30 November 1949|
|Fate:||Defected to Communist China|
|Acquired:||30 November 1949|
|Commissioned:||30 November 1949|
|Out of service:||1975|
|Fate:||Retired in 1970s|
|Length:||184 ft (56 m)|
|Beam:||29 ft (8.8 m)|
|Draught:||3.2 ft (0.98 m)|
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h)|
Originally functioning in area of Hong Kong, HMS Gannet was damaged by Japanese aircraft and went to the Chinese wartime capital Chongqing for repair. British decided to present both the gunboat and its sister ship HMS Peterel to China as gifts, with official transfer occurred in February 1942. The following month, both officially gunboats joined ROCN and HMS Gannet was renamed as Ying Shan (英山, literal translation = British Mountain).
The gunboat served with the ROCN until 30 November 1949, when the ROCN Riverine Flotilla commander defected to advancing communist force that blocked the Yangtze River, taking seven boats to the communist side, including Gannet/Ying San. After joining the PLAN, the gunboat was once again renamed Nu River.
She served until being retired in 1975.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.